In the game of Big Brother, there have been countless examples of partnerships and alliances that rose spectacularly early on only to flame out just as quickly. These alliances are legendary for their failure, rather than any success they may have had. The biggest example of an alliance collapse is the “Regulators” of Big Brother 13, a group of 4 who were assured of their ability to run the House only to be completely removed from the game by Week 5 – and whose sole enemy in the House returned to outlast their final player. Kail’s alliance of Big Brother 8 was just as unsuccessful, in the long run.
In the examination of game history, the season will have to fully play out before we can judge the uselessness of the Moving Company. However, it can definitely be viewed as a near-total failure to this point.
To wit, we have the following track record – one Houseguest targeted and removed (Dave). Two members voted out (Nick and Jeremy), and the dissolution of the alliance by the end of Week 3. The only two members still working together are Howard and Spencer, and they are easy targets for others in the house. The one member in good standing, McCrae, is firmly allied with his shomance Amanda, and separated first from the group.
Often in Big Brother, an alliance collapses because of simple reasons – team incompatibility, the influence of a Houseguest outside of the alliance, an HoH targeting the alliance once it becomes discovered, or a game twist that weakens the alliance overall. The Moving Company managed to have the misfortune of all four of these happening, with the added bonus of one player making himself a bigger target than necessary. Jeremy’s eviction will be discussed further below, but suffice it to say he made himself such a large target (larger than the player whose racist statements made her a huge target) by going in with ego and overconfidence that he would win. This also served to turn him in the eyes of viewers, who saw no basis for this attitude and ego trip.
Ego has been a major theme this season, and the HoH was no exception. Helen’s reign was successful, yes – but she turned off many fans of the feeds with her talk of making the game a safe haven for “good people” to win. Helen’s rule misses the point of Big Brother – that the game will turn on a dime, and that the best seasons have had the back and forth of different sides of the House winning and taking out other players against them.
The ego of last week gives way to the humblest of players, Judd. Judd won HoH in a competition that played the Houseguests’ biggest weakness against them – how others perceive them in the game and in the audience. It is fitting that the unassuming, quiet and often incomprehensible guy form Tennessee comes into power this week after one egotistical player is removed and another player gets removed from power as her ego began to rise.
Week Three Results:
Week Three Head of Household: Helen
While Helen was able to complete her objective of removing Jeremy from the game via the “Backdoor plan,” her methodology and overall attitude turned many a fan off during the week. Her attitude of appeasement combined with the often holier-than-thou approach of “we want the good people to win” reminded many of previous sanctimonious Houseguests whose reign and HOH-itis bit them in the end. A lot for Helen will depend on how she plays things going forward, but a telling sign for her fortunes is this – at this point, no one in power has seriously considered putting her up as the main target and she remains friends with many in the House.
Week Three Veto Winner: Kaitlin
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Kaitlin had to use Veto to save herself, and lost her game partner in the process. Her week will be discussed further below.
Week Three Evictee: Jeremy
Pride goeth before the eviction. Simply put, Julie Chen was able to directly correlate Jeremy’s eviction to his attitude in her exit interview and he couldn’t argue the point. Jeremy’s turn to “the good side” was too little, too late and his departure was assured when Helen and Elissa dismissed his “I will throw my game to you if you keep me” pitch. Jeremy followed many other overly confident players to an early eviction (Think BB3’s Roddy and BB11’s Ronnie), and while he was a good villain he will not be missed.
Week Three Most Valuable Player: Elissa
Elissa won the MVP again, but in the process showed cracks in her willingness to remain a pawn. She made her own move by putting up Spencer, and not Howard. IN the process, she ticked off the power players in the game by lying about the issue and showing less of a willingness to play people’s games other than her own. Elissa has a chance to stay in for a while if she remains on the “good side’ alliance, but a week out of power would only hurt her chances. (Going forward, with the audience voting the MVP nomination instead of a Houseguest this listing will be removed.)
Week Three Star of the Week: Amanda
No one in the House is more influential than Amanda at this time. If there is one player that can be said to run the game at this point, it’s the brassy brunette in love with the pizza boy. Amanda is the one that put Aaryn in her place early on, provided serious influence on Helen and Elissa early on and ensured that there was no change in the vote later in the week to remove Jeremy. Added to this is a funny presence in the Diary Room that increases her position as a fan favorite. She runs the risk of pushing too hard, but at this point she is unlikely to be taken out before the Jury begins to be populated.
Week Three Goat of the Week: Kaitlin
Kaitlin’s position in the game this week was more tenuous than at any point before in the game. She was nominated early on, was considered the alternate to Jeremy in being voted out if he wasn’t on the block, was given the ultimatum that either she or her shomantic partner was going to leave based on her use of the Veto, and ended the week the sole vote to save Jeremy. Kaitlin is riding alone now, and her unlikeliness to regain Aaryn as a partner is high at this point as both are in danger of going up.
Game Play Move of the Week: Jessie stands up to Aaryn, Jeremy and Kaitlin
This small act led to major changes, less than two hours after last week’s live show. Jessie’s refusal to give in to real bullying kept Kaitlin, Aaryn and Jeremy in the room long enough to lead to the tumultuous events that sealed Jeremy’s (and likely Aaryn’s, this week) fate. From there we saw Spencer and Howard completely separate themselves from Jeremy, the exposure and destruction of the Moving Company (sorry for the wrong name last week) and the eventual departure of Jeremy by a 9-1 vote.